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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Showdown Looming For DeMarco Murray?

Latest Cowboys headlines: The Jaguars look to be pushing hard for Murray's services; Cowboys hope to re-sign Sterling Moore despite not tendering him; Free agency going as planned for Cowboys so far.

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Reports: Jaguars chasing DeMarco Murray -
The Jags have a ton of money to spend and they're looking to find some top offensive weapons. Is Murray fast enough to outrun the Jaguars?

Jacksonville likely still needs to find a bellcow runner this offseason and they have the money to do so, which is where Murray would come in. While running backs aren't valued as much these days as they used to be, the last week or so has seen both Marshawn Lynch and LeSean McCoy handed huge deals, and if the Jags want to steal Murray away from Dallas, they'll have to pony up. Adding him to the backfield would take a lot of pressure off Bortles to carry the load on offense, and the Jags could also use last year's surprise Denard Robinson as a fill-in and change-of-pace back to keep Murray fresh.

Indianapolis Colts currently not interested in DeMarco Murray - ESPN Indianapolis
Mike Wells reports that the Colts are no longer interested in Murray at this point.

Free agency roundup: Will Cowboys be priced out of DeMarco Murray market? | Jon Machota, DMN
Jon Machota summarizes Murray's status as per Sunday night:

Yahoo! senior NFL writer Charles Robinson tweeted Sunday that because of LeSean McCoy’s new deal with Buffalo, Murray’s asking price could be in the same neighborhood of five years, $40 million with $26.5 million guaranteed.

That’s a figure he could possibly get from a team like Jacksonville, but unlikely from the Cowboys. Robinson also tweeted Sunday that Jacksonville wants a "centerpiece back and could push hard to price (the) Cowboys way out."

Cowboys still hope to re-sign DeMarco Murray, but big money RB contracts don’t help | Charean Williams, Star Telegram
Williams argues that the contracts signed by Lynch, McCoy, and Ingram will push Murray's cost up.

In NFL free agency, running backs might not hit paydirt - LA Times
Sam Farmer comes to an entirely diffrent conclusion than Williams and writes that there's a lot glut of running backs hitting the market, which means "Murray could find the waters a bit tepid."

If Murray were to leave Dallas, the Cowboys wouldn't be the first team this off-season to bid farewell to a star tailback. The Philadelphia Eagles, for instance, were willing to trade 2013 rushing champion LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for Kiko Alonso, a third-year linebacker who sat out the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL.

Meanwhile, teams such as Tennessee (Chris Johnson), Miami (Knowshon Moreno) and Atlanta (Steven Jackson) have lived through the torment of paying big money to a back, only to watch him underperform. Both the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts lived through the disappointment of Trent Richardson.

Cowboys Free Agents: How They Are Seen From Outside Dallas - Blogging The Boys
Tom Ryle steps outside the Dallas-centric mindset and looks at what a couple of well-known sites think about some of the Cowboys' own free agents. Ryle concludes that the best free agent moves are the ones where the team keeps its own and by that measure, Dallas fans should feel pretty good.

Cowboys hope to re-sign Sterling Moore despite not tendering him | Drew Davison, Star Telegram
According to some not further specified source, the Cowboys apparently have interest in re-signing Moore, just not at the $1.542 million price tag a tender would have cost them.

What did you miss? Takeaways before free agency -
Gregg Rosenthal offers a summary of the weekend's biggest moves, including this take on Doug Free re-signing in Dallas:

This was a rare Cowboys re-signing that looks like a bargain. It was only four years ago that Free earned a four-year, $32 million deal from Jerry Jones. Now he signed a three-year, $15 million contract coming off a solid season.


Free-agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to sign with Kansas City Chiefs - ESPN
Free-agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin plans to reunite with former coach Andy Reid in Kansas City once free agency officially begins on Tuesday, according to league sources. Maclin is expected to make $10 million per year.

It will be the second straight offseason the Eagles have lost their leading receiver. They chose to cut DeSean Jackson shortly after the 2013 season. This time, the Eagles made an effort to sign Maclin, but negotiations slowed considerably once he began communicating other teams.

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